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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

Jacket £499, trousers £263, jcrew.com

Re-writing the check

It's time to cosy up in woollen suits and knits – just be sure to take your tartan and plaid oversize this season, says Lee Holmes

Book review: The Blunders of Government, By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

From the familiar to forgotten, this book of governmental blunders is unforgiving fun

MPs called for closer collaboration between forces and urged them to co-operate on the design of uniforms to produce greater standardisation.

Police forces 'should stop wasting cash' and club together to buy uniforms in bulk

MPs say forces squander thousands of pounds on equipment that could be bought in bulk

Man punches bear (but he's not sure where)

The couple were alarmed to see a bear's paw, or possibly a head, poking its way into their tent

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iStyle: Full-throttle fashion

The British brand Belstaff’s impressive new flagship store in London pays homage to  its biker roots, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Edward II at the National Theatre

Theatre review: Edward II, Olivier, National Theatre, London

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins can’t seem to decide quite what he wants his production (part of the Travelex season) of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II to be - or indeed when.

The 10 Best high street menswear

For chaps wanting to look stylish this autumn, head to the high street for some some top fashion buys

Vintage leather jacket £160, Topman LTD, topman.com

iStyle: Racing certainties

Topman has relaunched its retro LTD range – with  top gear very much the aim, says Rebecca Gonsalves

More egg on his face: Ed Miliband pelted as he campaigns at Walworth market

Man had been following the Labour leader and a large group of journalists before throwing the eggs

Edinburgh 2013: Hag - A dark fairy tale from The Wrong Crowd

The Slavic myth of forest-dwelling witch Baba Yaga is reimagined in this dark fairy tale from theatre company The Wrong Crowd. Like a Roald Dahl book, it relishes disgusting things but has a sound moral tale at its heart.

B*Witched - Sinead O'Carroll, Edele Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, Keavy Lynch

B*Witched to donate trademark denim to charity

Girlband B*Witched are devoted to denim and now they're giving away some of the outfits that became their trademark.

Cover story: Solo by William Boyd

First look: Cover for new James Bond novel, Solo

You might be forgiven for mistaking the cover of the new James Bond novel, Solo, for something relating to another well-loved long-running franchise in the process of being rebooted: Star Wars (although the novel has nothing to do with Hans Solo, obviously).

Damn this hot weather to hell!

It’d just be nice if there was some acknowledgement that not everyone thinks these high temperatures are paradise

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker